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5:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Police Union Denounces Miami Police Chief's Eric Garner Statements

Chief Manuel Orosa (left) and police union president Sgt. Javier Ortiz.
Credit El Nuevo Herald, Miami Herald

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa weighed in on the deadly encounter between Eric Garner and New York police officers during a television appearance on WPLG's This Week in South Florida.

Orosa said when one of the officers placed Garner in an apparent chokehold, it was improper procedure. He said the grand jury’s recent decision not to indict the officer was a surprise.

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News
11:43 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Miami’s Last Cop Shooting Conviction Left A Legal Legacy

Protests continued during the trial of Miami police office William Lozano. On a day before a guilty verdict in his 1989 trial, Asi Niamaya and James Mackey helped carry mock coffin through Overtown during a "Victory March". There were two coffins, symbolizing the two motorcyclists killed by Officer Lozano.
Credit C.W. Griffin / Miami Herald File

 In a city long torn by racial tension, a uniformed police officer fatally shot a black man. Days of upheaval and rioting riveted the nation.

A series of investigations scrutinized the officer’s use of deadly force. He claimed self-defense. Would the cop face criminal charges?

The case that exploded in Miami in 1989 still resonates today, echoing the murky, racially charged confrontation that has put a 24/7 media spotlight on the small Missouri town of Ferguson.

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News
10:20 am
Fri September 5, 2014

A Miami Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man Gets His Job Back

Sheila McNeil hold a poster of her son Travis McNeil who was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Sheila McNeil watched the television newscasts from her Overtown apartment with a deep pain in her gut.

The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., hit close to home.

“I know that mom is going through hell right now just trying to understand,” she says.

Three years, ago, her son Travis McNeil was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos during a traffic stop.  Travis McNeil was 28. He was not armed.

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News
4:18 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Miami Police Union Supports Officer In Ferguson Shooting

Credit Miami FOP Website

Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police union is putting its full support behind Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department.

A recent post on the union’s website reads “We Support Officer Wilson.”

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History
1:32 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

A Miami Police Informant, A Prophetic Racist And Fresh Questions About JFK’s Death

President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963

At 94, former Miami Beach mayor and still active Miami-Dade Senior Judge Seymour Gelber is among the few who remember Miami police informant No. 88, Willie Augustus Somersett.

“Willie was just a garrulous guy,” said Gelber, who worked with Somersett while serving as a top assistant to Dade State Attorney Richard Gerstein in the 1960s. “He’d come in and joke, and [Assistant State Attorney] Arthur Huttoe and I would take his testimony.”

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Politics
7:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Miami Budget Includes More Money For Police

City of Miami commissioners finalized a budget Thursday evening, for a total of $524 million. One of the stickier points concerned police officers – from how many should patrol city streets to how much they should be paid.

RELATED: Why The City Of Miami Finds It Hard To Hire New Cops

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